Re: Alex Van Halen
As far as his snare drum sound, He usually uses a black dot, or silver dot, with a layer of duct tap on the underside of the batter head, and then turned up table top tight.
I found this info out on a lengthy phone conversation with Tod Trent when he was at ontario music, back in 91 or 92. Bass Drums from 1984, 5150, and OU812 had plywood glued to the inside of the batter heads, and was triggered. Earlier bass drums were open, Kieth Moon Style, an sometimes had felt strips installed.
Now he just has wide open, un muffled bass drums.
Bass drum on F.U.C.K. was open, Ambassadors on batter and reso, tuned just above a wrinkle...Live, Remo muffs were used on batter and reso, with a 7 inch hole .
Toms are tuned up high, Jazz style. studio floor toms are 14 and 16, with ambassadors, as apposed to the live floor toms that are 16 and 18, and usually have double ply heads.
10 and 12 have ambassadors in the studio, and dot heads live, or coated ambassadors.